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Congratulations, Carolina Care Excellence Awardees!

May 18, 2022

Every year, UNC Hospitals conducts the Press Ganey Medical Practice survey to obtain input from patients. Patients are asked if they would refer their provider’s practice to friends and family in the survey. Over the last year, 154 providers within UNC Hospitals received the highest recommendation from more than 89 percent of their patients, putting … Continued

Dr. Young Awarded NIH Grant to Study Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support

April 29, 2022

Dr. Laura Young, MD, PhD, an associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, has received a grant from the National Institute of Health to increase uptake of diabetes self-management education. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 37.3 million people live with diabetes. The challenges, costs, and complications of living with diabetes can be … Continued

ASBMR Webinar on Intelligent Exercise for Osteoporosis Patients

April 1, 2022

Physicians who treat osteoporosis are frequently asked by their patients for advice to exercise programs – how to use exercise to impact bone density, how to prevent falls and fractures, or just how to get moving again. Patients complain that doctor’s don’t address exercise, and don’t know the basics. The goal of this webinar, led … Continued

UNC Department of Medicine Announces New Chief of Endocrinology and Metabolism

February 7, 2022

Ron Falk, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine, announced today that Janice Jin Hwang, MD, MHS, has been named Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism effective September 1, 2022. Hwang will join UNC from the Yale School of Medicine where she has served as an assistant professor of endocrinology for the past … Continued

Hemoglobin Glycation Index, Calculated From a Single Fasting Glucose Value, as a Prediction Tool for Severe Hypoglycemia and Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in DEVOTE

January 31, 2022

Klara R. Klein, MD, PhD, fellow in the division of endocrinology and metabolism and trainee in the UNC Physician Scientist Training Program, and John Buse, MD, PhD, chief of the division of endocrinology and metabolism, are authors of a new study published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care. Hemoglobin glycation index is the difference between … Continued

Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction with Cystic Fibrosis and Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes

January 30, 2022

Ischemic heart disease is rarely reported in people with cystic fibrosis despite multiple potential risk factors. In a paper published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, Jennifer Goralski, MD, Sirisha Thambuluru, MD, Katherine (Alex) Despotes, MD, and Deepa Kirk, MD, report on two cases of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), both in young women with cystic fibrosis and … Continued

A New Stem Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Shows Early Promise in 1 Patient

December 20, 2021

Type 1 diabetes management is a lifelong job that can’t be eliminated by lifestyle changes or any currently available drugs or medical devices. Because there’s no cure and no simple way to treat this chronic disease, it’s easy to understand why people might get excited about an experimental stem cell therapy that appears to reverse … Continued

InsideTraCS with Emily Pfaff, PhD

November 29, 2021

Emily Pfaff, PhD, MS, assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, is co-director of Informatics and Data Science at NC TraCS. She has a PhD in Health Informatics and a master’s in Information Science, both from UNC. Her primary expertise and research interests are in “computable phenotyping” and clinical data modeling in support … Continued

Newsworthy from the Department of Medicine, Week of November 5 – 11

November 16, 2021

The below clickable headlines link directly to outside media outlets and feature Department of Medicine faculty during the past week, starting Friday, November 5, 2021. COVID-19 treatments are not vaccine replacements. Here’s why – Dr. David Wohl (ArcaMax Publishing) Is Type 2 Diabetes Ready for CGM? – Dr. Laura Young (The Journal of Healthcare Contracting) … Continued

VCAG Project Set Out to Improve Glycemic Control at UNC Medical Center Now, the ‘Insulin Order’, a Subsequent Project, Is Expected to Change Practice Across UNC Health System

October 28, 2021

Changing practice takes time and careful consideration. Morgan Jones, MD, assistant professor in the division of endocrinology and metabolism, led the development and implementation of specialized diabetes inpatient consultative services in collaboration with multiple hospital services and departments. What started as a VCAG (Value Care Action Group) project in 2018 has evolved to become the … Continued